Portulaca quadrifida L.

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Portulaca quadrifida

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hot Springs

Portulaca quadrifida

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hot Springs

Portulaca quadrifida

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Portulaca quadrifida

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Portulaca quadrifida

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

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Synonyms: Portulaca foliosa sensu Baker f.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Prostate annual herb, growing from a somewhat swollen taproot. Stems reddish, up to 25 cm long, often rooting at the nodes. Leaves opposite, fleshy, lanceolate, elliptic-oblong, rarely cordate-ovate, up to 10 × 4 mm, often much smaller, somewhat flattened on both surfaces; stipular hairs numerous, up to 3-5 mm long, whitish. Flowers at the ends of branches, solitary or in clusters of 2-4; petals 4, rarely 5, yellow to orange, very rarely pink or purplish, almost free. Stamens 8-12. Capsule conical-ovoid, dehiscing horizontally.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: quadrifida: cut into four
Habitat: Mostly as a weed of cultivated and disturbed land in hot and dry areas.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Pantropical and subtropical.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E,S
Growth form(s): Annual.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Thursday 18 June 2009
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 229. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 304. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 294. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 94.

Wild, H. (1961). Portulacaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 365 - 366. (Includes a picture).


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Portulaca quadrifida
Tropicos: Portulaca quadrifida
West African Plants database: Portulaca quadrifida


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Portulaca quadrifida.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123220, retrieved 11 December 2016

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